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Created by an act of the 28th Arizona legislature on July 1, 1968 The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board stands to foster public trust and confidence by establishing and maintaining standards of integrity, competence, and professionalism for Arizona peace officers and correctional officers. We are committed to producing and maintaining the most professional law enforcement officers in America.
Originally established to address the need for minimum peace officer selection, recruitment, retention and training standards, and to provide curriculum and standards for all certified law enforcement training facilities; the Board has been charged with additional duties since its original 1968 charter. In later years the Board has also been vested with the responsibility of administering the Peace Officer Training Fund, approving a state correctional officer training curriculum and establishing minimum standards for state correctional officers.
Currently the Board provides services to approximately 163 law enforcement agencies encompassing over 14,500 sworn peace officers, 6,500 correctional officers, and 16 police training academies.
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